What a whale of a time! – Tales of Travel Gone Wrong

I LOVE food! I am a real worldly foodie and am a true believer that tasting the food of country I am visiting is key to immersing myself in the adventure. The culture that comes from food, the history that food possesses. It may seem like I am reading into it but I am not, I know that food and eating habits change historically and it is one certain way to explore the culture.

Now, this was a particularly tricky one for me. Norway is one of the only countries in the world who is still legally allowed to hunt whales. Whaling has been largely banned because of the decreasing number of whales on our oceans, this beautiful creature that is becoming extinct has to stop being sought after for its meat and oil. So bearing these things in mind and the fact that I give to the WWF every month to help protect and rehabilitate a lot of animals, this goes against all my gut instincts to eat whale steak.

How can I, a self admitted lover of animals (except spiders and scorpions, who likes those?!) actually eat a whale? It was a moment of travel exception. I am a true believer that if you are abroad you should fully integrate into the life and culture of that country. We were in the middle of a fish market and whales everywhere, we could not miss out on this opportunity.

Looking back on it now, I feel slightly itchy inside every time I think that I chewed a whale steak and devoured it. I don’t think it will ever happen again. Regardless, it was a fascinating experience and if you ever get the opportunity… try it without any guilt.

Langos #DiscoveryFriday

Another week, another Friday! I love this time of the week, when I get to go relax and invest some time into actually doing things that fulfil me aside from building a career. It is important to have various interests and explore these. However, Fridays are also a good chance for me to reflect on the wonderful things I have discovered!

So this is a short but oh so delicious discovery from Budapest… Langos!

Now this is exactly what it looks like, a sort of pizza, which is made of this deep fried dough that it then covered on a sauce made of natural yoghurt and garlic – seriously two of my favourite things – and then usually eaten just with cheese or you can add other things that you like. It is DELICIOUS! The best street food I have ever tasted, the Hungarians got it right… And we discovered it on our first night on a charming Easter market that was open late.

So I now leave you with these photos and you can go find a recipe because I have been trolling the internet for one.

Brigadeiros – recipe

There is just something so indulgent about chocolate and caramel and anything that is mixed with condensed milk and I think these are the perfect treat for any sugar obsessed/chocoholic and lover of all things delightfully decadent.

Here is a quick and easy way to make Brigadeiros – the Brazilian’s response to truffles.

Note: These can be quite messy to make but a lot of fun and so delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One tub of condensed milk – you can also make these with caramel flavour condensed milk
  • 4 table spoons of pure dark coco powder – you can also make these with milk choc or white chocolate powder.
  • 2 table spoons of unsalted butter
  • Coating such as chocolate grains, rasbperry bits, millions and trillions and coconut shavings, or simply sugar.

PROCESS:

Mix all the ingredients in a pan at low heat. Do not let the mix boil. Mix until you can see the bottom of the pan and the mix is semi-viscose. Once it gets to this point let it chill for a bit.

Cover your hands in butter and shape them into balls of chocolate then cover them in your chosen coating. Set them all up on a plate and put them in the fridge to solidify.

Enjoy!

Note: I always get mini cupcake cases to keep the little bonbons intact.